PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE
Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA
Tel.01394 282561 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Website "http://stfelixfelixstowe.uk/"
March 20th, 2016 : PALM SUNDAY
Saturday 6.0pm (St.F) Int. For the People
Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. +Helen Lawrence 11.0am (Con) Int.+Sr.Sebastian (LB)
Monday MONDAY IN HOLY WEEK
9.30am (St.F) Int. +Angela Hoare
10.30am (Con) Int.
Tuesday TUESDAY IN HOLY WEEK
9.30am (St.F) Int. +Karen Thomson (Assoc.of
Jesus & Mary)
Wednesday WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK
9.30am (St.F) Int. +Matthew Patrick
10.30am (Con) Int.
The Daily Office
Mon., Tues., & Wed. : Lauds at 9.15am
Thurs. : Lauds at 9.0am
Fri. & Sat. : Office of Readings & Lauds at 9.0am
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Tuesday at10.0am Benediction at 10.30am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Tuesday 10.0am (during Exposition) & 2.30pm
Thursday Noon and 3.0pm
Good Friday 4.30pm (after the Liturgy)
Holy Saturday Noon, and 5.0pm
Or by appointment 01394 282561
The Mass today
The Mass is preceded by the Palm Ceremonies & Procession. We assemble on the forecourt at St.Felix before the 6.0pm and 9.30am Masses, or in the Hall if wet.
The Liturgy begins on p.185 of the Parish
Mass Book, and on p.233 of The Sunday Missal.
At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2
Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 Hymn : 756
At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2
Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16
Hymns : Proc. - in Mass Book
237, 756, 809
At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2
IF YOU HAVEN'T
ALREADY COLLECTED A HOLY WEEK LEAFLET, PLEASE DO SO AS YOU
ALSO THIS WEEK
Tuesday 7.0pm Chrism Mass, St.John's Cathedral. Fr.John still has one seat available in his motor car - leaving at 4.45pm.
Wednesday 6.0pm Altar Servers Rehearsal for the Holy Week Liturgies. All Servers required.
Anniversaries this week Sr.Francis (2001), Marie Richardson (2014), Sr.Ethna McAndrew (1994), Frederick Sykes (2007), Jonovan Stocker (2012), and Peter Goggins (1998). R.I.P.
Money Matters Last Sunday £689.55 was given at the Offertory, and a further £294.37 was given for CAFOD.
Advance Warning The next meeting of the Parish Advisory Council will be on Tuesday, April 12th, and at it we will elect a new Chairman, to serve for the next two years. Nomination papers will be available shortly, so be thinking about whom you would like to put forward.
Please volunteer to take part in the Footwashing Ceremony at the Mass of the Last Supper on Tursday evening. This is the first year when women have been permitted to take part as well as men. It would be good to have six of each. The list is on the notice board in the Porch.
Help Needed Brass Cleaning for Easter - on Tuesday this week at 10.45am. All are welcome to help. Church Cleaning for Easter on Thursday. All teams, please.
Celebrate Conference Annette writes 'The 'Celebrate' Conference of East Anglia is to be held on the 9th-10th April at Bury St.Edmund's. Could those who are interested in coming please sign a booking form, which are in the pamphlets in the Porch ASAP please. You may also download a booking form on the website www.celebrate.org
Please extend the invitation to anyone you may know who could be interested, as a means of evangelisation. Thank you.'
POLISH EASTER BASKETS
Most of the rites and ceremonies of Holy Week have been familiar to us for many years, but last year a ceremony that was, I think, quite new to St.Felix Church took place on Holy Saturday morning. This was The Blessing of Easter Baskets, and ancient Polish custom, which our Polish friends have brought with them, and are under- standably eager to continue. I became familiar with the custom during the last five years or so in my former parish, and was very pleased when, last Holy Week, a Polish family came to the door and asked me to conduct the ceremony here.
The idea is that each family brings to church a basket containing the foodstuffs which will be eaten at breakfast on the following day, Easter Sunday, so that these foodstuffs may be blessed. The three most important components are Bread, cured Meat, and Eggs, and each of these components receives a particular blessing from the priest, and are aspersed with Holy Water.
Great pride is taken in the putting-together of the baskets. They are usually lined with a lace or embroidered cloth and decorated with flowers. The hens eggs are decorated with appropriate motifs, and sometimes the contents of the basket will include a Paschal Lamb made from rafia or chocolate. Seen altogether the baskets make a very attractive sight. The ceremony, which is fairly brief, will take place at 11.0am next Saturday. I'm sure that non-Polish parishioners will be most welcome to come along and take part in it. It is always good when such charming and devout customs continue and flourish.